In The Purist’s July 2018 issue, Katy Perry is interviewed by Bob Roth and talks transcendental meditation.
BR: To the great distress of the Los Angeles police. [laughs]
KP: Yes I’ve always had a lot on my plate, and I noticed before I was meditating I started to short circuit a little bit, like an iPhone when it just decides to stop and turn off on you, and you’re like, ‘I was in the middle of something!’ So I knew that I had to take care of my mental health and my mind, which is the greatest asset in my body besides my heart. I knew I had to protect it. And you were able to teach me meditation in India, and the stillness that I found is beyond anything I’ve ever experienced. It’s way different than napping. Everybody is like, well, I’ll just nap for two
hours. And this is totally different than that. Napping is to brushing your teeth as flossing is to meditation. A lot of people brush their teeth, but still have very interesting breath. So you’ve got to get the plaque out!
BR: Yes. What do you say to someone when they say, ‘Well, this is a religion’? I mean, I’ve seen people wear slogans on their shirt that says ‘CrossFit is a religion.’ Anyone can make something a religion and label it. I think it’s about as religious as eating good foods or exercising for your body.
KP: I was raised in a Christian household. My parents are both traveling ministers, so I was raised around the idea that our body is a temple. And I think if our body is truly a temple, we have to take care of the mind, body and soul. And this takes care of your mind. I noticed when I meditate that my whole brain kind of opens up; it feels like a halo is ignited around my head, and it’s like I’m clearing out the cobwebs of my neural pathways and finding new neural pathways to ignite. It’s some of the most incredible stillness. And I would also say it brings some of the best, most creative ideas to the surface for me, especially when I come out of it. But I believe that if it’s really just to take care of your temple, then sign me up.